Friday, April 17, 2009

No Line on the Horizon ( U2 )

No Line on the Horizon Album:
Released: 27 February 2009
Genre: Rock
Length: 53:44
Label: Interscope

No Line on the Horizon is the twelfth studio album by Irish rock band U2, released on 27 February 2009. The album is U2's first since 2004's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the longest gap between studio albums in the band's career. The material was originally intended to be released as two EPs, titled Daylight and Darkness, but the band later decided to combine them into one album.

U2 began work on a new studio album in 2006 with Rick Rubin but later decided to shelve most of the material from those sessions. The band collaborated with producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois from June 2007–December 2008 for the album, allowing them to be involved in the songwriting process. Writing and recording for the album took place in four different cities. The album was planned for release in November 2008, but the band had written approximately 50–60 songs and wished to continue writing.

Prior to release, the band indicated that their collaborations with Eno and Lanois, as well as the brief time they spent in Fez, Morocco, resulted in a record more experimental than their previous two albums. Upon release, No Line on the Horizon received generally favourable reviews from critics, although many noted the album was not as experimental as previously suggested. The band has indicated plans to release a follow-up record entitled Songs of Ascent sometime in 2009 or 2010. U2 will be supporting No Line on the Horizon with the U2 360° Tour.

Track listing
# Title (Length)
1. "No Line on the Horizon" (4:12)
2. "Magnificent" (5:24)
3. "Moment of Surrender" (7:24)
4. "Unknown Caller" (6:03)
5. "I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight" (4:14)
6. "Get on Your Boots" (3:25)
7. "Stand Up Comedy" (3:50)
8. "Fez – Being Born" (5:17)
9. "White as Snow" (4:41)
10. "Breathe" (5:00)
11. "Cedars of Lebanon" (4:13)

A Contest for U2
Thanks to Universal Music, AMBP have 10 copies of the album to give away, with a U2 T-shirt each to go with them. Now, once again, how awesomely giving are we? ;-)

1) Answer this question:
What's the name of U2's twelfth studio album?
b) No Line on the Horizon

2) Post up this pic:
Picture located at the top of the post

3) Write something - anything! - about U2.

U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The band consists of Bono (vocals and guitar), The Edge (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Adam Clayton (bass guitar) and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion).

The band formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, the band had become a top international act, noted for their anthemic sound, Bono's impassioned vocals, and The Edge's textural guitar playing. Their success as a live act was greater than their success at selling records until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree elevated the band's stature "from heroes to superstars," according to Rolling Stone. U2 responded to the dance and alternative rock revolutions and their own sense of musical stagnation by reinventing themselves with their 1991 album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour. Similar experimentation continued for the rest of the 1990s. Since 2000, U2 pursued a more conventional rock sound that retains the influence of their previous musical explorations.

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